Dr. Jeffrey Jacoby Attends Advanced Spine Surgery Course
Dr. Jeffrey Jacoby recently attended an advanced spine surgery course in San Diego, California. The course focused on a minimally-invasive surgical procedure called "X-LIF", or "extreme lateral interbody fusion". This is a cutting-edge surgical technique which provides the surgeon with access to the lumbar spine through a small 2 inch incision.
An advanced spinal monitoring system is typically utilized during the procedure, thereby minimizing the risk of neurologic injury during X-LIF. Since this procedure is minimally invasive, patients can typically go home the very next day after surgery. In contrast, the average stay after lumbar spine surgery through a tradition surgical approach is 3-5 days.